Trade Show Preview: Travel Plans for 2014

December is a time for planning. Along with organizing for the holidays and family gatherings, retailers and executives in the home furnishings world must also start firming up their plans for the plethora of trade shows to come in the new year. HFN's Trade Show Preview for the first half of the year is here to help.


Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, Jan. 7-14

Atlanta International Area Rug Market, Jan. 8-11

The trade show year kicks off in Atlanta, with the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, Jan. 7-14, and the Atlanta International Area Rug Market featuring the National Oriental Rug Show, Jan. 8-11. The show dates reflect a shift to a new Tuesday-to-Tuesday run to accommodate buyers' preferred timing. The January Market also marks the launch of an enriched website and the extension of free wi-fi accessibility across the 7 million square-foot campus.

AmericasMart also continues to integrate its home and rug collections, and the January Market will feature showroom expansions that are part of a comprehensive plan that has integrated nearly 60,000 square feet of these showrooms in the past year. This includes the expansion of Loloi Rugs into a 14,000 square-foot showroom, located in Building 1 Floor 4. Other rug exhibitors with new showrooms include Kas, now in space 4-C-5, and F.J. Kashanian Rugs, in 4-G-6.

AmericasMart's America's Magnificent Carpets Awards, which recognizes the best area rug introductions, will take place this year at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Friday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m.

Elsewhere at AmericasMart, events include: on Wednesday, at 8:30 a.m., a photo op sponsored by Ganz with social media phenomenon Grumpy Cat (Building 3, Floor 15, Fashion Theater); and on Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., a meet-and-greet with Donny and Debbie Osmond (Building 2, Floor 14). On Friday, presentations include a talk by Scalamandre's president Steven Stolman on the textiles house's history (from 2-3 p.m, Building 1, Floor 14, Seminar Room); a wine tasting with Riedel's Georg Riedel (from 3-4 p.m., Building 3, Floor 15, Fashion Theatre); and "Good in Bed for 20 Years!" presented by Annie Selke, founder and CEO of Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert Rug Company and sponsored by Codarus (from 4-5 p.m., Building 1, Floor 14, Seminar Room).

AmericasMart GIFT continues its march forward with an ever-growing collection of top products at all price points from across the world, including Living & Entertaining: Gifts, Tabletop & Accessories and Gourmet & Housewares collections, which includes cooking demonstrations from national culinary stars such as chef Marcus Samuelsson (1-2 p.m., Building 2, Floor 8, Demonstration Kitchen).

All of the Luxe temporary categories--High Design Luxe, Gourmet Luxe, Tabletop Luxe and Gardens Luxe--are showing high-end luxury goods together for the first time.

The HD Home collection has eight new lines showcasing the best in furniture, accessories and home decor, and growth of buyer-favorite collections including Made in America, Emerging Artists, Pampered Pets and Children's World extends the lineup.

The 20th anniversary of the Living. Outdoor/Indoor. The Gardens collection will be celebrated by an outdoor fabric fashion show, celebrations and giveaways including a complete outdoor kitchen and $20,000 of top outdoor living product.

International CES, Jan. 7-10

The 2014 CES will feature more than 3,200 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across 15 different product categories.

Apps take center stage at this year's show, with a wide variety of events and programming dedicated to app innovation. This year's CES will feature competitions, educational sessions and events that showcase the best of the app world.

Cisco CEO John Chambers and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will give keynote addresses during the show.

Heimtextil, Jan. 8-11

Once again, the textiles trade-show year will begin with Heimtextil, at its usual location, the Messe Frankfurt convention center in Frankfurt, Germany.

Messe Frankfurt, owner and manager of the trade fair, is projecting an unspecified increase in the number of exhibitors from the 2013 show, which played host to 2,616 exhibitors, 88 percent from outside of Germany. Last year's show represented the third straight year in which the number of exhibitors rose.

The 2013 fair welcomed an estimated 66,000 visitors from 134 countries. According to Messe Frankfurt data, the largest block of visitors came from the retail trade, representing 33 percent of the total.

E-commerce will be a prominent topic at the Heimtextil seminars this time. Among these, Specialist Forum Webchance will present a session on e-commerce and online marketing in the Lecture Square, Galleria 1, in which industry experts will show retailers how web shops are built, how businesses can advertise in a targeted manner, how new media can be used to increase sales and what legal aspects need to be considered.

Domotex, Jan. 11-14

The flooring industry heads abroad to Hannover, Germany, Jan. 11-14, for Domotex, where some 1,400 companies from 60 nations will exhibit their latest products.

New at Domotex this year is Innovations@Domotex, a dedicated showcase displaying current flooring industry trends, featured selected items from the fitted carpet, resilient floor covering, parquet and laminate flooring and modern handmade carpet categories. The format will be supported by a printed Innovations@Domotex Guide that will detail all the selected exhibitors and products, and which is also available on Domotex's website. More than 100 companies--70 percent of them from outside Germany--entered more than 200 products. The exhibit will feature the selected 70 items.

Dallas Total Home & Gift, Dallas Total Housewares & Gourmet Market, Jan. 15-21

Dallas International Lighting Market, Jan. 15-19

The Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, the Dallas Total Housewares & Gourmet Market, and the Dallas International Lighting Market have a slew of events planned, along with thousands of product introductions. Top headliners for the show include a presentation by interior and product designer and home furnishings retailer Thomas O'Brien, who will take the stage on Friday, Jan. 17 at noon, World Trade Center (WTC) 1st floor.

The Dallas Temp Show, Jan. 16-19 (staggered opening dates), offers 24 different product categories in six distinctive, easy-to-shop locations on the WTC 1st, 6th, 12th and 13th floors, TM 1st floor and in Market Hall. Table & Housewares Temps celebrates its first January Market in the expanded temporaries area on WTC 1st floor next to the Gourmet Market. The brand-new American Made by Hand immediate-purchase category located in Market Hall, Main Hall offers one-of-a-kind merchandise produced in the U.S. by artists and designers. Luxury Home Temps (Jan. 15-19) is a juried category of home decor manufacturers with a collection of high-style and high-end lighting, furniture, wall decor, textiles and accents located on WTC 1st floor.

Dallas Total Housewares & Gourmet Market features more than 1,500 premier manufacturers of housewares and gourmet products in permanent showrooms, temporary booths and the Gourmet Market, as well as special events, seminars and cooking and product demonstrations.

The Culinary Stage in the WTC Hall of Nations features live cooking and product demonstrations by multiple high-profile chefs featuring headliners Chris Hanmer, a rising star in the pastry industry and winner of Bravo's "Top Chef Just Desserts," on Saturday, Jan. 18 at noon; and Alex Hitz, celebrity chef, cookbook author and founder of the luxury gourmet food product line The Beverly Hills Kitchen, on Friday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m.

Housewares Hotspot features more than 15 product demonstrations from top housewares manufacturers from Jan. 16-18 from 1-3 p.m., TM 2nd floor.

The 25th Annual ARTS Awards, an international awards program dedicated to home industry excellence, will be held Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Hilton.

Lighting manufacturers, sales reps and buyers will have an opportunity to network during the "Lighting After Dark" party, on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 9 p.m. at the Downtown Sheraton Hotel.

HOMI, Jan. 19-22

The decades-old Macef at Fiera Milano has transformed into HOMI, with its first version scheduled for January.

According to show organizers, "HOMI is synonymous with wellness, excellence and business." Every sector from Macef's prior edition will be redesigned using new exhibition concepts and new sectors for the home.

HOMI will be organized into 10 sectors: Living Habits, Home Wellness, Fragrances and Personal Care, Fashion & Jewels, Gifts and Events, Grade & Outdoor, Kid Style, Home Textiles, Hobby and Work, and Concept Lab.

LA Mart Winter GALLA, Jan. 21-27

GALLA, Give And Live Los Angeles, is the new name for LA Mart's bi-annual gift shows. This year GALLA and the Gift & Home Market at the California Market Center run concurrently, offering buyers the latest in gift, home, furniture and lifestyle lines.

"Buyers are going to be thrilled to see several new showrooms featuring sought-after lines such as TokyoMilk, Robert Wylie's Urban Colony and La Maisonnette come Jan. 21-27," said Frank Joens, senior vice president, general manager at the LA Mart. "By sharing our GALLA Market dates with the California Market Center, buyers will have even more reasons to shop during that time and to ensure they are the first to get the latest merchandise on their shelves."

Buyers who pre-register online at for the January GALLA Market will be entered to win one of three cash prizes: one $1,000 prize or one of two $500 prizes. Free parking for all buyers will be available at the LA Mart.

Maison & Objet, Jan. 24-28

The Paris-based Maison & Objet is recognized as one of the world's most trendy home furnishings trade shows.

The January show will feature the Espace Retail/Retail Space designed to identify the keys to a store's success, brand identity, market position, client experience, architectural concept and merchandising. Attendees can also participate in round table discussions hosted by retail experts in a variety of fields.

Other highlights include scenes d'interieur, where designers and design houses bring luxury and expert know-how to center stage. In now! design a vivre presents new design ideas. And new flavors and culinary arts will be presented in Cook+Design.

Las Vegas Market, Jan. 26-30

The Las Vegas Market continues to expand with new exhibitors and categories in a new Sunday-Thursday date pattern.

Organizers expect new exhibitors in every category of Las Vegas Market's furniture, home decor and gift offerings, with specific targets for expansion this winter of specialty tabletop and better home decor resources.

Temporary exhibit offerings also will expand with addition of three new categories--Veranda, which spotlights outdoor and casual home furnishings; Gallery, a showcase of better home textiles resources, on C5; and Fashion, an assemblage of lifestyle-oriented merchandise on C11. Notable temporary exhibitors in the Gallery category include Amity Home, Caitlin Wilson Textiles and Softline Home Fashions. New and noteworthy temporary exhibitors in the Veranda category include Skyline Designs and Pelican Reef. Notable resources to be featured in the Fashion category include Eyebobs, Giftcraft featuring Charlie Paige, and Sweet Bubbles.

With these additions, the Las Vegas Market home decor and gift temporaries now will offer retailers access to 13 sections in total: Gallery, Home, Style, Textiles and Veranda on C5; Fashion, Gourmet, Gift, Global, Vintage, Made, Trend and Carry! on C11.

Beyond product resources, the Las Vegas Market also hosts a series of complementary educational programming that addresses topics such as in-store marketing, display and merchandising, social media and mobile marketing. Design-related offerings include presentation of the annual Design Icon Award--this year's recipient is Barbara Barry--and the popular "First Look" product and trend presentations.

A highlight of the Las Vegas Market's winter slate is the second annual Las Vegas Market CEO Summit, scheduled for Jan. 29-30. Charles Garcia, who has worked for four presidents, both Republican and Democrat, and is a nationwide leader in the Hispanic community, will address the rising consumer influence of Hispanics in the U.S.; Vivek Kundra, the first U.S. chief information officer appointed by President Barack Obama, will speak about proper IT planning for businesses; Susan Packard, co-founder of HGTV, will address "Entrepreneurship: How to Create and Build Great Companies"; best-selling author Luke Williams will draw on his book "Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business" for his speech, "Disrupt--Sparking Business Transformation with Innovation"; and leading economic forecaster Samuel Wardwell, provided by The Fisher Wealth Management Group of UBS, will address the "Global Economic Outlook for 2014."

Surfaces, Jan. 27-30

Surfaces has been co-located with StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas in the past, but in 2014 show organizer Hanley Wood is introducing a new show called TileExpo and all three shows are being branded as The International Surface Event. It will be held Jan. 27-30 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas; exhibits will be open Tuesday-Thursday and the Education Program Monday-Thursday. It also runs concurrently with Las Vegas Market, Jan. 26-30.


NY Now/Home Textiles Market Week/Artisan Resource, Feb. 1-6

February will bring the first winter edition of NY Now, the Market for Home + Lifestyle. The new format of the show formerly known as the New York International Gift Fair made its initial debut last August.

The show, divided into four comprehensive product collections--Home, Lifestyle, Handmade and New--will take place from Feb. 1-6. It has been extended an extra weekday due to the Super Bowl, which will take place on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, near New York City. NY Now will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94 in New York City.

According to GLM, the show's owner and manager, the winter NY Now is expected to feature 100,000 products in more than 400 categories across its four collections. NY Now Home will be further subdivided into Home Furnishings + Textiles, Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares and Accent on Design. Lifestyle will showcase Baby + Child, Gift, Personal Accessories and Personal Care + Wellness. Handmade will offer its Designer Maker and Global Design sections, while New will highlight market newcomers.

Along with NY Now will be two complementary shows, Home Textiles Market Week and Artisan Resource. The former, a cooperative production of GLM and the 230 Fifth Ave. showroom building in Manhattan, will offer retail buyers access to almost 500 suppliers of better bed, bath, linen and home products, combined between the trade show and the showrooms. Both venues will also offer on-site amenities, a combined market directory listing all of the participants, free shuttle transportation between venues and discounted travel and hotel rates.

Artisan Resource, which is also owned and managed by GLM, will run from Feb. 1-4 at Pier 94, an extension from the three-day format the show offered in 2013. This show will display handmade products and production resources, and will connect U.S-based importers, direct-import retailers and wholesalers with overseas artisan enterprises from more than 20 countries.

NY Now will also provide a five-day slate of more than 40 educational seminars and special events. The topics will range from color and design trends to importing, visual merchandising, online commerce and social media, sustainability, marketing and other retail strategies.

Special events at the show will include Gift For Life's 22nd Anniversary Party for Life fundraiser on Feb. 3, and the "Night on Broadway" on Feb. 4. The latter will feature specially priced tickets for a performance of "Motown: The Musical."

Ambiente, Feb. 7-11

Ambiente regularly attracts huge crowds from around the world---last year 140,000 visitors from 143 countries attended--who come to see the newest in tabletop, housewares and numerous other categories from more than 4,700 vendors, as well as key trends for the season.

"One of the main reasons Ambiente is so important as a business platform is the trade-oriented complementary program with special shows and awards, which gives buyers the vital opportunity to expand their horizons. An attractive assortment is the key to success in the coming season and is becoming increasingly important as a means by which specialist retailers can distinguish themselves from their competitors," said Thomas Kastl, Ambiente director for the Dining section. The Dining section is broken down into Kitchen Trends (Halls 1.1/1.2); Kitchen (Halls 3.0/3.1); Table (Halls 4, 6.2 and 6.3); Housewares & Storage (Halls 5.0/5.1/6.0/6.1); and sourcing for the volume business (Halls 10.2/10.3/10.4). Japan will be the partner country this year. A special Japanese design presentation will be made along with other programs and events.

For the third time, Ambiente will highlight innovations in the table, kitchen and household sector with Solutions, a selection of products in Hall 4.0 featuring new materials, techniques and design features. And the Design Plus award, 30-years strong, recognizes innovation in the kitchen and table areas. The award-winning products will be displayed in Galleria 1.


Manila FAME, March 14-16

High-quality, artisan-made goods that highlight the natural resources of The Philippines will be on display at Manila FAME this spring. The show takes place at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, The Philippines. Buyers from the United States were among the top five countries represented at the fair in March 2012, according to CITEM, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions. The show, which takes place in March and October, often includes awards bestowed for design excellence, a design development program and other special events and activities.

International Home + Housewares Show, March 15-18

The always-well-attended Housewares Show will host more than 2,100 exhibitors from around the world, including 400 new companies exhibiting for the first time. Among the well-known suppliers returning to the show are Philips Saeco and Samsung Electronics America. Among the suppliers returning after an absence as well as some new exhibitors are CamelBak Products, Christy Designs, Couleur Nature/Mas D'Ousvan, Creative Co-Op, FunkyChunky, Gaiam (Allsop, Inc), Portmeirion Potteries and Pujol's Kitchen to be found in the show's Dine + Design Expo.

New in the Discover Design sector are Ary Trays AB, David Rasmussen Design, Ekobo Ecology & Design, Finell, R.F. Yamakawa Co., Rosendahl Timepieces and Waechtersbach USA. Caso Germany, Hypercel Corp., iDevices LLC and Jerdon Style are new to the Wired + Well Expo. And the Clean, Contain + Sustain Expo will see newbies ALIFE, L.C. Industries, Protect Plus Industries, Really Useful Products Ltd. and WorldWise.

New York Home Fashions Market, March 24-27

The first of the two annual New York Home Fashions Markets is scheduled to take place from March 24-27. The market will take place at the showroom buildings at 230 Fifth Ave., 261 Fifth Ave., 295 Fifth Ave. and 7 W New York, along with other locations throughout the city. It will provide its usual showcase of new products from vendors of bath textiles, bedding (including basic bedding), kitchen textiles, table linens, window treatments and decorative accents.

High Point Market, April 5-10,

Tens of thousands of retailers, home furnishings executives and trendwatchers converge on downtown High Point, N.C., every spring for its first market of the year. The market, featuring 11.5 million square feet of show space spread through 180 buildings, features an extensive selection of exhibitors spanning every category, style and price point. Show organizers said that about 10 percent of the show's attendees are international, with more than 100 countries represented.

High Point Market has become known for more than a few educational and socializing opportunities. Attendees should expect to see world-class entertainment as part of the Under the Stars Series. Past performers have included the Beach Boys, the B52s and Cheap Trick. The High Point Market Authority is continuing its Design Viewpoint seminars, and Style Spotters will once again showcase their favorite products and top trends from market exhibitors on Pinterest.

Hong Kong Houseware Fair, April 20-23

Hong Kong is a major sourcing hub for housewares, exporting more than $28 billion worth of goods in the category in 2012. The Hong Kong Houseware Fair, sponsored by the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council capitalizes on this reputation, serving as a launch pad for the latest products and collections. The 2013 edition played host to more than 2,000 exhibitors from 34 countries, while more than 27,000 buyers from 127 countries attended the event.

The fair features a number of themed zones, focusing on key categories in housewares. New for 2014 is Baby & Children's Homeware, including feeding products, furniture and home safety products.


New York Tabletop Week, April 22-25,

During New York's Tabletop Week buyers will have the opportunity to visit permanent showroom buildings Forty One Madison, 230 Fifth Avenue, 7 W New York and multiple vendor showrooms across the city.

Visitors to Forty One Madison this spring will be greeted by lobby settings created by Flower magazine. This is a first-time media partnership with Forty One Madison, and the editors are planning to bring their pages to life with inspiring table settings, imaginative ways to display floral arrangements using all kinds of china and crystal. On Wednesday, April 23, Forty One Madison will host a breakfast seminar. The subject and speakers for this are still being determined.


International Contemporary Furniture Fair, May 17-20

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair hosts more than 500 exhibitors from more than 30 countries in 11 categories from furniture to materials to kitchen and bath to fabricators.

Surtex, May 18-20

Surtex will return to its traditional location, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The show will run alongside two other GLM-owned and -managed shows: the International Contemporary Furniture Fair from May 17-20 and the National Stationery Show from May 18-21.

A GLM statement said the 2014 Surtex will have a bigger footprint to accommodate an anticipated increase in participants. Surtex will encompass some 325 exhibiting artists, designers, studios, agencies and design resources, about 10 percent more than for the 2013 show. Attendance is expected to exceed 6,000 art buyers and licensees, representing more than 50 countries worldwide.

Surtex's conference program will carry some 10 to 12 educational sessions hosted by industry experts, an on-floor Trend Theater that will spotlight presentations from trend forecasters, the designext student competition displays and social networking events.


Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, Dallas Total Housewares & Gourmet Market, June 18-24

Dallas International Lighting Market, June 18-21

The second editions of Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, Dallas Total Housewares & Gourmet Market, and Dallas International Lighting Market, take place this month. n

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